I started with the Brama Kumaris raja yoga about ten years ago. It was quite an introduction, and although I left BK shortly after the introductory
course, I still retain many of teachings I gathered there.
More recently I started doing the kundalini awakening, chakra alignment and third eye opening meditations. They are based on chakra visualization and
inner and outer energy flux, and got me to wonderful states, but I came to realize chakra work is better done for me on a 'just dealing with daily
Still use those techniques for connection with the earth, the sun and the moon, and I have them to thank for developing a finer sensitivity to energy
Currently, my practice revolves around a few methods I learned from Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in one of his books: 'The Joy of Living: Unlocking the
Secret and Science of Happiness'. It is as basic as it gets, practicing 'shinay' - non critical observation of the flow of thoughts - and then using
anything, sounds, lights, feelings or images, anything, to center on the present moment, and finally practicing compassion.
This recent (past year or so) experience has been tremendously fulfilling. It has brought about a very positive transformation of my thought patterns
and thus influenced my perspective on everything all of the time. It also helped me stop wrestling with the concept of void and the related imperative
of silencing the mind. I frequently struggled and got caught in my preconceptions, and if anything, Rinpoche helps you understand that everyone
I understand now that there is no better method, as long as your intention is 'on'.
Other thing I learned is that you don't have to do it for hours. Few minutes, several times a day works fine for me.
S&F for posting this thread. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and share.
edit on 19/4/11 by Alchemist13 because: I got a bit off
topic in the end